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Topic: Rope Preservation
Message: Posted by: BerkleyJL (Nov 29, 2006 02:25PM)

I am using "Full Circle" in my stand-up act these days. I rescripted the patter to be my own, but the routine is kept mostly intact. My question is, how can I prepare the ropes so they will last a long time under frequent use?

I can't tie the ends of the ropes in knots like my friend does for his Professor's Nightmare because the middle part of the routine involves turning the ropes into a continual loop (no ends) and also the Ring & Rope section of the routine uses handling that is made difficult by having knots on the ends.

Ha! While typing this, I think I came up with my own answer, but I'll post anyway to hear other thoughts. Also, someone else may be wondering this same thing and might like MY solution:

I will use medical tape (for my white ropes) to tape off the ends like the caps on the ends of shoelaces (what are those things called, anyway?)!!! I hope this won't be obvious in a stand-up or parlor situation.
Message: Posted by: jolyonjenkins (Nov 29, 2006 04:56PM)
Can't you just tuck the frayed ends into the core?
Failing that, white glue?

I don't like the way my ropes go rough and bobbly but I don't think there is any cure for that.
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Nov 29, 2006 05:59PM)
Here is what I do with rope ends. I tape the ends with one inch masking tape, then I cut the ends about 1/4 inch from the tape with a single edge razor blade, I then make a puddle of wood glue on a sheet of paper, and roll the end of the rope in the glue, wipe the excess glue off, let hang for about 5 minutes then roll the sticky rope ends between your thumb and index fingers making a kinda point, remove the tape , and let dry. This is what Pavel does to get clean end without lumps. PM me if I went too fast.

"Full Circle" is just a killer routine, and my absolute favorite rope routine to perform. It works well with all ages, even little kids.
Al Angello

PS- For Full Circle I use Daryl's rope. It is 1/2 inch in diameter, very soft, and pure white, I also use a 6" aluminum ring. I found that with a sprinkeling of fiber optitics moves you can really spice full circle up. Fiber Optics, and Full Circle were just made for each other.
Message: Posted by: BerkleyJL (Nov 29, 2006 09:37PM)
Thanks Al,

I think I can follow that. I do need to buy some new rope so I'll look into Daryl's. I use a 6" wooden handbag handle I got from a crafts shop. It really shows up well and plays into my patter MUCH better than the plastic ring that came with the routine.

I might watch Fiber Optics and see if there's any part of it I want to throw into the routine. In my half-hour standup show I don't want to spend much more than 6-8 minutes with rope in my hands though.

Thanks for the tips!
Message: Posted by: Al Angello (Nov 29, 2006 10:14PM)
Just between you and me, the similarities between fiber optics and full circle are so close that you may only need to look at the fiber optics demo to get some ideas to put a little different twist on your full circle performance. Think of it as a bunch of different ways to make the moves you already know.
Al Angello
Message: Posted by: Brian Caswell (Dec 8, 2006 06:48AM)
End of ropes : does nobody use a needle and thread any more ?

I think I must the last one!

Brian Caswell http://www.unearthlymagic.com
Message: Posted by: murf (Dec 8, 2006 12:33PM)
I haven't used a needle and thread is several years; using white glue or Fray Check just seems so much easier. And with Fray Check you can even let your ropes look "normally frayed" without fear of them get any worse.